Cybersecurity Challenges and Pathways in the Context of Connected Vehicle Systems

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An overview and comparison of the inherent security flaws in automotive radar and Dedicated Short-Range Communication (DSRC) technologies. Continue to the bottom of the page for the Resource Link.

As vehicles become more automated, security issues in automotive systems such as radar and dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) must be thoroughly examined.

Existing implementations of automotive radar are vulnerable to a spoofing attack from a third party, potentially resulting in fatal accidents. While DSRC exhibits inherent resilience to spoofing attacks, it is still susceptible to similar types of attacks used against traditional Wi-Fi.

This report concludes with a summary on the motivation for combining radar and DSRC into a joint communication system and an overview of the potential consequences of an insecure vehicular system.
Connected and Automated Vehicles
Product Lifecycle:
Pre-production: Research, Design, Development, Testing, and Tooling
Resource Type:
Data Supported Transportation Operations & Planning Center (D- STOP), U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)
Author & Title:
Enoch R. Yeh, Junil Choi, Nuria G. Prelcic, Chandra R. Bhat, and Robert W. Heath, Jr.
Date Developed:
Monday, January 14, 2019
automotive,autonomous,connected,cybersecurity,Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC),data,infrastructure,mobility applications,transportation
Education Level:
Undergrad Students (15-16)
Graduate Students
Industry Professionals/Practitioners